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Hi from Crystal River, Florida, also known as "Florida's Nature Coast".   We are located in West Central Florida, right on the inlet called Kings Bay.   If you're into Manitee watching,  fishing, or boating, then this is the spot for you!  

I was introduced to Ham Radio by my uncle.  We spent hours in his garage, building receivers and transmtters and tinkering with all sorts of circuits.  Unfortunately I did not get my licence then.  Later after college, I met another Elmer who resparked my interest in the hobby, and managed to get me to take the Novice test.  I've been active since 1987, first licenced as KA3RDB, later as KD3JP, finally as WZ3T.

How things have changed over the years.... my first station consisted of a Hammerlund HQ-170A for a receiver and a Johnson Viking Ranger for a transmitter, a transmatch and inverted L antenna. approximately 60 feet in length.  I spent hours with a straight key looking for contacts.  My first contact was 4 blocks away!  It was still exciting.  My first DX was Canada! These are some of my best calls I ever made. 

Now, my current station consists of:

  • Yaesu FTDX-3000 transceiver (built in auto tuner).
  • Kenwood TS-430S running into a LDG AT-100 PRO Auto tuner.
  • Heathkit SB-200 amp,  50+  years old and still ticking.  Just put new finals in it, should last another 50+ years.
  • Kenwood TS-711A 2 meter all mode running  into a 12 element Cushcraft beam.
  • Signalink USB for PSK-31.
  • And for times that I want to get frustrated, a HW-8 QRP rig!
  • Antennas consist of a Hustler 4-BTV vertical for 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m, the Cushcraft 12 element 2m  beam up about 30 feet, and dipoles for 80m, 40m, 20m,
  • Mobile set (not currently active) Icom IC-7000, LDG tuner and HamStick antennas on 40m, 20m, and 10m.

So much easier to work DX with the current setup,  even when I used to work DX from my mobile rig.

My OMISS number is 10924. 

Hope to hear you on the air!

73 de WZ3T Tim

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